Studies find that Amherst needs to increase affordable housing, public forum scheduled for June 18. Reply

North Amherst Village center is located just north of the UMass campus

North Amherst Village center is located just north of the UMass campus

A couple of recent housing studies published on Amherst.gov—a housing production plan and a housing market study —that demonstrate that Amherst is going through some growing pains, which are having an adverse affect on the ability of key demographics to afford a home in town.

In a letter from Town Manager John Musante to Town Meeting members, he explains that the purpose of the housing production plan was to address Amherst’s affordable housing needs, while the housing market study addressed the student and non-student housing market and zoning issues. More…